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post #1 of 11 Old 02-18-2009, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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turning on front feet? help?

has anybody ever had a horse that turns on there front feet? My mare does and I don't know why I thought maybe here back feet were sore and that's why she was turning like that but I lunge her everyday and her back leg are never stiff and she doesnt limp or anything? Help?

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-18-2009, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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and also has anybody ever heard of a grazing snaffle? That's what her former owners used and she listened to it well and rode really good with it but I can't find one?

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When does she turn on her front end? When you are riding? Could you be giving her mixed signals? If she does it when you are riding, it might be pain....I'd be checking saddle fit and placement and possibly have a chiro. Out to see her. The only time I've seen a horse do that was when she was dead lame on one of her legs and she didn't want to move.

As far as the bit, I know of the typical grazing bit, which is a curb bit. But not a snaffle....
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When does she turn on her front end? When you are riding? Could you be giving her mixed signals? If she does it when you are riding, it might be pain....I'd be checking saddle fit and placement and possibly have a chiro. Out to see her. The only time I've seen a horse do that was when she was dead lame on one of her legs and she didn't want to move.

As far as the bit, I know of the typical grazing bit, which is a curb bit. But not a snaffle....

She only does it when im riding and I didnt think about the saddle thing my saddle I rode her with pinched her withers I bought a new one but I havent road in it yet. And as for the comand thing I don't think I was confusing here lol its not hard or anything to tell a horse to turn. She even did it with every other rider that rode her with that saddle so im positive it wasnt me. I do think the sadlle had something to do with it though. And thank you for the info about the bit they just told me it was called a grazing snaffle, I looked at it and it kind of resembled a tom thumb I havent been able to find it.. but maybe its bc I was looking for a grazing snaffle and not a grazing curb?

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I would bet that she is anticipating pain from the saddle. I would be making darn sure the new saddle fits her. If that is the case, it will just take time for her to realize there is no more pain.
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Is this the way the horse is moving or holes in the training? Two different issues here. Typically if a saddle pinches a horse they will mince step in the front end and prefer to work off their hind quarters.

To me it sounds like this horse does not know how to use their hind quarters.
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If the saddle was pinching the shoulder/wither area it might have been so painful that she didn't want to move her front end at all, so she just plants her front feet and spins her HQ's around. She wouldn't want to move her shoulders.
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I have a horse that turns on his forehand (on his front feet). It's required in some disciplines. It's mainly how they are trained. I never taught my horse to turn like that. He just does and for the discipline I'm going to show him at, it's just fine.

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If the saddle was pinching the shoulder/wither area it might have been so painful that she didn't want to move her front end at all, so she just plants her front feet and spins her HQ's around. She wouldn't want to move her shoulders.

I really think that's what it is. I have a new saddle that I know fits her and im going to start riding her again as soon as the vet floats her teeth. Im pretty positive it was the saddle but ill find out when I put a comfortable saddle on her.

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I have a horse that turns on his forehand (on his front feet). It's required in some disciplines. It's mainly how they are trained. I never taught my horse to turn like that. He just does and for the discipline I'm going to show him at, it's just fine.

Im pretty sure it was the saddle and not her training. But thank you :)

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